Tour Options

Thank you for your interest in planning a field trip to the Illinois Holocaust Museum. We offer a variety of docent-led tour options for your students and encourage you to review the options below to determine the best fit for your school and students’ needs.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum’s field trips are offered to schools grades 3-12. Colleges/universities, supplementary programs, non-profit groups, and youth organizations (ages 8 – 22).

All tours address Common Core Standards

Tour Option Overview:

 

Women Hold Up Half the Sky (Grades 9-12 / University)

Teacher-Led Field Trip (all grades)

In Our Voices (Grade 7 and above)

Become A Witness (Grade 6 and above)

Memory, Action, Community (Grade 5 and above)

Stand Up Speak Out (Grade 3 and above)

What We Carried (Grade 5 and above)

We All Need Peace (Grades 3-5)

What Do You Stand For? 1936 Berlin Olympics (Grade 5 and above)

Make a Difference! The Harvey L. Miller Family Youth Exhibition is moving! Beginning on Monday, June 27, the exhibition will close for the summer. It will reopen in early fall in its new home and with enhanced exhibition content.

This summer, families are invited to view two special exhibitions, We All Need Peace and The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936.

 

In Our Voices (Grades 7+)

Explore the history of the Holocaust by taking an inquiry-based walk through our Karkomi Permanent Exhibition.  Investigate the experiences of Holocaust survivors, witnesses, resistors, and rescuers through artifacts and testimony.  Analyze the human and moral implications of individual choice, responsibility, and memory through connecting galleries and themes.  Discover what influences our decision to act as bystanders or upstanders.

Your tour may also include stops in other Museum exhibitions

Whenever possible, the Museum will schedule an eyewitness to the Holocaust from our Speakers’ Bureau as part of the field trip.

Length: 3 hours

Times: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 2:00 (weekdays), 11:00 (weekends), 5:00 (Thursday evenings)

Group Size: 160 students maximum

 

Become a Witness  (Grades 6+)

Students will be immersed in experiential galleries featuring authentic stories, real-life scenarios, and memorable interactive activities. Students may begin to experience a deeper understanding of the lessons of the Holocaust and become a witness to their world through new eyes.  Engaging technology introduces students to historical and contemporary upstanders, gives them the opportunity to reflect on how their personal choices have consequences for others, and inspires students to reflect on how they can act to create change in their local and global community. This tour option includes selected portions of the Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition. It does not include the galleries on ghettoization, deportation (the rail car) and life in concentration camps.

Explore the following exhibitions:

  • Portions of the Karkomi Holocaust  Exhibition – Post-War Immigration; Neo-nazi March on Skokie, 1977-78
  • Discussion of artifacts related to pre-war Jewish life, the rise of Nazism, and the Kindertransports

Whenever possible, the Museum will schedule an eyewitness to the Holocaust from our Speakers’ Bureau as part of the field trip.

Length: 2 hours 20 minutes

Times: 9:45, 2:00, 5:00 (Thursday evenings)

Group Size: 80 students maximum

 

Memory, Action, Community  (Grades 5+)

Experiential technology, interactives, and  compelling stories capture the role universal human and civil rights can play in empowering engagement and creating community. Students will reflect on how they can act – both individually and as a group – to make a difference and inspire an ongoing dialogue on their responsibility to others as part of a diverse and global community.  This tour option includes selected portions of the Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition.  It does not include the galleries on ghettoization, deportation (the rail car) and life in concentration camps.

Length: 2 hours 20 minutes

Times: 9:45, 11:45, 2:00, 5:00 (Thursday evenings)

Group Size: 80 students maximum

 

Stand Up, Speak Out (formerly Take a Stand) (Grades 3+)

Through a facilitated experience, students will begin to develop a social awareness and set of skills to demonstrate positive decision-making and responsible behaviors that allow for a deeper understanding of how the core values of respect, compassion, justice, and citizenship lead to success in school and in life.  Hands-on, interactive activities and experiential galleries empower students to take a personal stand for themselves and on behalf of others while motivating students to take positive action in school, at home, in their neighborhood, and around the world.  This tour option does not include the Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition.

Length: 2 hours 20 minutes

Times: 9:45, 11:45, 2:00, 5:00 (Thursday evenings)

Group Size: 80 students maximum

 

We All Need Peace (Best for 3rd-5th grades)

(available June 20, 2016 through September 9, 2016)

We need peace for the flowers. We need peace for the sky. We need peace for the children.

Examine the many ways peace impacts—and improves—our daily lives. Through hands-on activities and discussions, explore ways we can all become peacemakers in our world.

Length: 1 hour 40 minutes

Times:   9:45-11:25, 11:45-1:25, 2:00-3:25, 5:00-6:25 (Thursday evenings)

Group Size: 40 students maximum

 

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New Special Exhibition Tours

 

Women Hold Up Half the Sky (Grades 9+)

(available September 25, 2016 – January, 22, 2017)

Through guide exploration of the exhibition  Women Hold Up Half the Sky, students experience stories of women from around the world who have changed their lives through education, economic independence, and self-determination.

The tour invites students to discuss the issues raised in the exhibition with docents, and each other, to open their eyes, minds and hearts, and most of all, to take action to improve woman and girls’ lives.

Length: 90 minutes (including classroom activity) OR 2 hours (including classroom activity and a speaker from YWCA Evanston/ North Shore when available)

Times: 10:00, 11:30, 2:00, and 5:00 (Thursday evenings)

Group Size: 40 students maximum

 

What Do You Stand For? 1936 Berlin Olympics

(available through August 28, 2016)

Would you let issues of ethics impact your participation in sports? Students will explore the history of The 1936 Olympics in Berlin during the rise of Nazism and engage in discussion of ethics, human rights, and the power of one’s voice to stand up for positive change. This important story connects students to the history of individual athletes who were discriminated against for their ethnic heritage, who boycotted the games in protest, or who like Jesse Owens, competed and won, in defiance of Nazi ideology. The tour will analyze such topics of discrimination, fair play, decision making, resilience, and the right to take a stand against prejudice.

Length: 90 minutes

Times: 9:45, 11:45, 2:00pm (weekdays), 11:30 (weekends), 5:00 (Thursday evenings)

Group Size:  60 student maximum

 

What We Carried

(available through July 10, 2016)

Featuring our Special Exhibition, What We Carried: Stories by Iraqi Refugees, this new tour will highlight refugees’ personal stories of life, culture, heritage, and memory, followed by an interactive activity discussing the universal plight of all refugees both past an present. Students will explore themes of displacement, resilience, freedom, and memory of those who have fled their home to make the journey to America.
Length: 90 minutes

Times: 11:45; 2:00; Thursdays only 5:00

Group Size: 40 students maximum

 

 

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